Seven people, including three women, were killed and 28 others injured when a bus fell into a 500-feet deep gorge in Tamil Nadu's hilly Nilgiris district, police said.
In an official release, Palaniswami said six persons died on the spot, while another woman who was being treated at a hospital succumbed to injuries later.
Those injured have been admitted to various hospitals, he said.
The state-run transport corporation bus, which began its journey from Coonoor, fell into the gorge when its driver was trying to avoid a pit on the ghat road.
The accident occurred at Mandada, about 10 kms from here.
Several parts of Nilgiris district have been receiving heavy rains for the past few days.
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